What is a Network Security Policy?
A network security policy is essentially a set of rules that have been put in place to dictate how information is able to be accessed. These networks get put in place to help protect sensitive information and keep those who would do your company harm from getting access to the information. The entire network security policy that your company uses will include a variety of different measures that get set in place to meet management objectives, provide rules for all computer users, and allow for acceptable uses for the computers by the employees working in that company.
These network security policies can include consequences and disciplinary actions for those who choose not to obey their company's network security policies.
How Do I Develop a Good Network Security Policy For My Company?
When you develop a network security policy for your company, you are essentially developing an acceptable usage of policies (AUP) of sorts for your employees as well as your management staff. While some managers may be granted permission to do certain things that other workers may not be able to do if it pertains to their job, the AUP you develop should be clear, fair, and equal for everyone within the business. This would mean that all managers at each level or entry-level workers should be granted the same permission and held to the same standards.
The following are some great examples of network security policies that may apply to everyone versus those that may apply to some select employees depending on job class:
Rules That Apply to All Employees (Regardless of Job Class):
Some examples of certain rules that may pertain to everyone within the company include the following:
- employees are not allowed to charge personal devices (i.e. tablets, smartphones, laptops, etc.) using the same outlets that the company computers use
- employees may not download company information to their personal devices as that can compromise security
- employees must lock their workstation when they plan to leave it unattended
- sharing of passwords and login information among employees is prohibited
Some Rules May Apply to Certain Job Classes:
On the other hand, workers that hold certain job classes may be subjected to some rules that workers in another job class are not. Some examples of these rules include the following:
- employees are not permitted to use social media from work devices (however, some workers such as those who manage your Social Media group and pages for customers would be granted exceptions to this status)
- employees are only allowed to use certain applications or access certain web pages on the company computers (only the ones they need to do their work)
- employees are only allowed to use certain company computers or devices (others are only for management or have secure information that these employees do not have a right to access).
These various rules only apply to certain job classes of workers and oftentimes are used to differentiate workstations meant for management versus those meant for entry-level employees.
Certain rules may apply to employees based on their job class and others might apply to all employees. Either way, having an AUP and a protocol in place for how employees are expected to use technology in the workplace can make it very clear to everyone what the intended purposes for this technology are and what uses of it are not acceptable. In the end, ensuring that employees adhere to this policy ensures that your company's information remains as safe and secure as possible.